Let’s not limit what God can do in us!
As we begin a new year, and as we contemplate our resolutions, let’s take a look at a few predictions from the past. Continue »
On Christmas Day, Jesus brought in a whole new kingdom.
What do you think about when you hear the word "invasion"? Do you perhaps recall the invasion of June 6, 1944, when millions of British, United States, and Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Western Europe from Nazi control? Continue »
A Strange Place To Find Peace on Earth
When the Mexican teenager walked into the county jail, he was understandably nervous. Continue »
An Examination of Conscience for Advent
Have you ever noticed how good we can be at noticing other people’s weaknesses, while still having a blind spot for our own? Fortunately, God is familiar with this tendency. Continue »
Proclaiming the Salvation of Christ today
One Christmas I was assisting at the midnight Mass presided over by the pope in St. Peter’s. It was time to intone the Roman Martyrology for the day of Christmas: Continue »
I Found My Home In The Church
Advent is all about welcome—about preparing a way for the Lord and being received as members of Jesus’ family gathered at the manger. It’s about recognizing Christ in the people around us and welcoming them as openly as he would. It’s about removing every barrier and obstacle to the Spirit’s work. Continue »
Set some goals for Advent.
Every parent knows this scenario: you go into your child’s bedroom and say, “Rise and shine! Time to get up for school.” Continue »
A heavenly perspective can change your earthly life.
Have you ever noticed how much being in love can change someone? Think, for instance, of a man and woman engaged to be married. Their hearts are consumed with thoughts of one another. Continue »
A Forever Kind of Love
I keep the LORD always before me; with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices. (Psalm 16:8, 9) Continue »
Prepare now—in trust and joy—and Jesus at your side.
All of us will face the cold reality of death one day. It makes no difference where we live, how wealthy we are, or how much influence we have. Continue »
Ridding our hearts of the sin of Pride
Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Continue »
A lesson from the life of St. Francis
What is the key to good relationships? Trust, acceptance, respect, and love are certainly necessary. But every day we face sins and temptations that threaten to prevent us from giving and receiving the love and respect that are so vital. And experience tells us how easy it can be to give in or surrender to these temptation—and hurt the ones we love in the process. Continue »
Grounding our life in the Eucharist gives us hope even in the face of death.
The inevitability of death can cause us to respond in different ways. Some choose to entertain themselves regularly so that they never have to contemplate their mortality. Continue »
September 29th is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels.
Most names don’t reveal very much about the person who carries them. But that’s not true of the angels whom we honor. Michael, whose name means “Who is like God,” is known for his great power in fighting against Satan and his demons. Gabriel’s name means “strength,” and he certainly gave strength to Mary when he told her she would be the Mother of God (Luke 1:28). Raphael’s name means “healer,” and he is the one who cured Tobit’s blindness (Tobit 11). Continue »
The Lord might have a difficult word for you to share.
It’s often difficult to speak the truth in love to our friends and families. Such words can be difficult to both give and accept. But doing so enhances the virtue of humility in both the one who is speaking those words and the one who is hearing them. In fact, we do not love our neighbor when we fail to speak charitable words of correction when necessary. Continue »